Utah, Davis County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953 .
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Davis, Utah, United States
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Location of Davis County, Utah
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Record Description
Record Type County
Collection years 1869-1953
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What is in the Collection?

The collection contains images of these records from the county courthouse in Farmington:

  • Births (1898-1905)
  • Deaths (1898-1953, dates vary by registration district)
  • Marriages (1887-1907)
  • Land records (1869-1946)
  • Land record indexes (various years)
  • Naturalization and citizenship papers (1932-1938)
  • Cemetery records (Lakewood Cemetery, no dates)
  • Wills (1877-1968)
  • Mining claims (1871-1918)

Many of the record types have indexes which are included in this collection. Most of the indexes and records are handwritten. The collection covers the years 1869 to 1953.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953.

Collection Content

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Sample Images

County officials began keeping records from the time the county was formed or shortly thereafter. Each type of record within the county was created for a different purpose, but most were created to keep track of the vital events happening in the lives of the citizens and to safeguard their legal interests as well as those of their heirs. The records are generally reliable, but may not contain complete information.

What Can these Records Tell Me?

The details of land and probate records may vary, depending upon the record type, but the records generally contain the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Recording date
  • Place of event
  • Names of witnesses

Depending on the record, it may also contain:

  • Age
  • Occupation
  • Residence
  • Names of family members and their relationships
  • Names of heirs
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian

Birth Records for Davis County included the following information:

  • Name and gender of child
  • Color, race or nativity
  • Date and place of birth
  • Parents' names and residence
  • Name of attending physician or midwife or other attendant

Marriage Indexes gave the following information:

  • Females (brides) names were listed in alphabetical order
  • Males (grooms) names were listed alongside the female name
  • Year and month of the marriage(s) were designated in record
  • The volume, page number and the number assigned to marriage listed

Marriage Certificates provided the following information:

  • Name and current residence of groom
  • Name and current residence of bride
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Name of person who solemnized the marriage
  • Names of witnesses

Death Records of Davis County included the following information:

  • Name and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Color or nativity of deceased
  • Occupation and marital status of deceased
  • Birthplace of deceased
  • Length of residence in county
  • Name of informant

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know at least some of the following:

  • The name of your ancestor.
  • The approximate date the event occurred.
  • The type of event.
  • The names of other family members and their relationships.

Compare the information on the image to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if it is the correct family or person. You may need to compare several images before you find your ancestor.

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page then:
⇒Select the "Record Category" category
⇒Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" category.

Check the indexes at the beginning or end first. If your ancestor is in the index download a copy or write down the page numbers listed for your ancestor. You can then quickly turn to those pages.

For tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Whenever possible, view the original records to verify the information and to find additional information that might not be reported. These pieces of information can lead you to additional records and family members.

I Found Who I was Looking for, What Now?

  • Use the age to calculate the birth date to find other records such as birth, christening, marriage, census, and death records.
  • Use the probate date as a substitute death date.
  • Use the name of the undertaker, mortuary, or cemetery to find funeral and cemetery records.
  • Use the parents' birth places to find former residences and to establish a migration pattern for the family.
  • Use the occupations to find employment or military records.
  • Use the information to find additional family members.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records often were kept years before government records were required and are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking for, What Now?

  • Try viewing the original record to see if there were errors in the transcription of the name, age, residence, etc. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • Collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you identify possible relations that can be verified by records.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby locality in an area search.
  • Standard spelling of names typically did not exist during the periods our ancestors lived in. Try variations of your ancestor’s name while searching the index or browsing through images.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Search the indexes and records of Utah, United States Genealogy.
  • Search in the Utah Archives and Libraries.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection Citation:

"Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2017. Citing Davis County Courthouse, Farmington, Utah.

Image citation:

The image citation is available by clicking on the Information tab at the bottom left of the screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Utah, Davis County Records, 1869-1953.

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